Shares closed the session lower, with the S&P/ASX 200 index down 0.51% by

Shares closed the session lower, with the S&P/ASX 200 index down 0.51% by – Australian shares were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , , and sectors dragged shares lower.

The index fell 0.51% at the close in Sydney.

The best performance of the session on the index came from shares of Helius Limited (ASX:), which rose 8.61%, corresponding to 0.12 points, to trade at 1.45 at the close of operations. Meanwhile, St. Barbara Limited (ASX:) added 4.35%, or 0.01 points, to end the day at 0.24, and Woodside Energy Limited (ASX:), which advanced 2.69%, or 0.73 points, to close operations at 27.82.

Whose shares performed the worst during the session Nickel mines Ltd (ASX:), which fell 7.61% or 0.07 points, its shares trading at 0.85. Unibail Rodamco Westfield Atlas Arteria (ASX:) fell 4.40% or 0.28 points to close at 6.09 and Atlas Arteria (ASX:) fell 4.35% or 0.22 points to 4.84.

Falling shares on the Sydney Stock Exchange outnumbered advancing shares by 727 to 412, while 480 closed unchanged.

Atlas Arteria (ASX:) shares fell to a 3-year low; down 4.35% or 0.22 to 4.84.

The , which measures the implied volatility of options on the S&P/ASX 200 index, was unchanged 0.00% at 11.68.

Gold futures for August delivery rose 0.23% or 5.45 to $2.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere, Crude oil for July delivery rose 0.80% or 0.62 to $78.52 a barrel, while Brent crude futures for August delivery rose 0.61% or 0.50 to trade at $82.42 a barrel.

AUD/USD was up 0.16% at 0.66, while AUD/JPY was up 0.25% at 104.07.

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In turn, the dollar futures index rose 0.35% to 104.83.

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